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Skooter's Roadhouse bartender sues patron for throwing bottles, other injuries

Edward Koncel (left) and Alexander Cook
Edward Koncel (left) and Alexander Cook

JOLIET – A former professional baseball player and Skooter’s Roadhouse bartender is suing a Sycamore man who was convicted two years ago of throwing beer bottles at him.

The damage caused to Edward Koncel, 29, by Alexander Cook, 31, of Sycamore on the night of Jan. 1, 2016, allegedly was far more extensive than what Cook was charged with in a criminal complaint by Shorewood police.

Koncel’s lawsuit accuses Cook of not only throwing empty beer bottles at him but engaging in conduct that caused Koncel to fall on the floor and land on broken glass at Skooter’s Roadhouse, 700 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood.

“[Koncel] suffered severe and permanent injuries when he fell on the floor,” the lawsuit states.

Koncel’s attorney, Chris Rouskey, failed to respond to requests for comment on the case. A call to Alexander Cook also was not returned. His father, Robert Cook, said he didn’t know how The Herald-News could reach him.

Koncel’s lawsuit, however, alleges Cook’s actions caused extreme pain, suffering and mental anguish, and also was costly in medical expenses and lost wages.

On Jan. 1, 2016, an allegedly drunken Cook threw several bottles at Koncel, striking him and causing him to fear for the safety of other patrons at the bar, the lawsuit said.

Koncel hurriedly attempted to climb over the bar to confront Cook and stop him, but he fell on the floor and landed on broken glass.

“[Koncel] has incurred medical bills and shall incur medical bulls in the future; has incurred pain and suffering and shall incur pain and suffering in the future; has lost wages and shall lose wages in the future; and has sustained a permanent disability,” the lawsuit states.

Koncel was a former professional baseball player in the Texas Rangers organization who works for Skooter’s and as an investment consultant for Scottrade, according to his LinkedIn profile. Cook is a trainer for USA Athletic Club & Spa in Aurora.

Cook pleaded guilty to reckless conduct, a criminal misdemeanor, on Aug. 23, 2016, in connection with the incident that occurred a half hour into New Year’s Day at Skooter’s, where Koncel worked as a bartender.

Cook was sentenced to two years of court supervision, fined $500 and mandated to complete 50 hours of community service.

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